Matthieu Ngdolou Chui has been released from International Criminal Court (ICC) custody, following his acquittal by Trial Chamber II on Monday. The prosecutor announced on Tuesday that they would appeal the acquittal and ask the appeals chamber to re-evaluate the evidence. Both the trial chamber and the appeals chamber denied the prosecutor’s request to hold him in custody pending the appeal.
Chui had been tried along with Germain Katanga for war crimes alleged to have occurred in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). the trial began in November 2009, and was the second ICC case to proceed to trial. The defense began presenting its case in April 2011. Last month the court severed the cases and announced a verdict in Chui’s case would come this week. The case against Katanga is not yet resolved.